21 Vancouver restaurants perfect for big birthday dinners

Nov 15 2019, 1:50 am

It’s the eternal burning question we ask ourselves every year, “Where should we eat for my birthday dinner?”

Whether you want something casual and cost-friendly, or lavish and private as-can-be, we’ve gathered a selection of spots that will surely provide you with the perfect venue to host the next big birthday occasion in your life.

From hidden rooftop gardens to paper confetti cannons, make it a birthday to remember at one of these restaurants and bars in Vancouver.

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Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

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Diners can look forward to an array of casual sharables and a killer cocktail and wine selection at this English bay gem, perfect for any occasion with a group of loved ones.

Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7337




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It’s safe to say the Fairmont Pacific Rim finally got the restaurant the luxurious hotel deserves. Whether you’re coming to get a snap of the pastel dream of a dining room, or you’re looking to nibble on these eats – there’s no denying that Botanist is a must-try and a great place to celebrate any occasion.

Address: Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

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The Victor


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Head into the glam Parq Vancouver casino and resort and enjoy The Victor, one of its several places to eat on the premises. Steak and sushi is the name of the game here, so treat yourself and have both (especially if it’s your birthday).

Address: Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-370-8600

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CinCin Ristorante


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CinCin is an Italian staple that boasts an amazing menu of pasta and wood-fired eats. A birthday here would be unforgettable for your tastebuds and your friends too.

Address: 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-7338

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Black & Blue

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Black & Blue is a contemporary steakhouse that ages all of their steaks in a custom-made salt room. With three floors of seating, including two private rooms, a semi-private space, and the largest covered rooftop patio in Vancouver, your birthday party is going to be lit if you celebrate here.

Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-637-0777

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The Emerald Supper Club

This hidden gem in Chinatown is a total no-brainer when it comes to group celebrations and birthdays. Just enter the emerald green door, head up the stairs, and start sipping on quality cocktails. But be sure to first check out which of its three spaces you’d like to book.

Address: 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8477

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Miku Restaurant


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Celebrate your birthday with the best Aburi-style sushi in Vancouver at the sophisticated Miku Waterfront. The dining space overlooks the Burrard Inlet and features a large hand-painted mural of ornate fish swimming from the body of water towards the full-service sushi bar, as a symbol for the freshness of the local seafood used in each roll. You can also book the private room at Miku at the back of the eatery.

Address: 70-200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3900

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Pourhouse Restaurant


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Everyone needs to experience Pourhouse once in their life, so why not spoil yourself with their meticulously crafted cocktails on your birthday. The fancifully charming, yet inviting, space in Gastown was built with true passion because every piece of the interior tells a story, like the handmade 38-foot bar from reclaimed Douglas Fir wood.

Address: 162 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-7022

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An institution in Vancouver, Vij’s a top spot to head for Indian eats. Owned by celeb chef and culinary personality Vikram Vij, this eatery offers an amazing selection of classic Indian dishes and several signature eats. If you’re waiting for a table, there are complimentary snacks and a lounge where you can sit and order drinks.

Address: 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-736-6664

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Glowbal Group’s flagship namesake restaurant Glowbal was designed for parties. It features three stunning private rooms. The Golden Room is the largest with a capacity for 60 diners. Of course, the smaller rooms are just as fun, such as the Marilyn Room that comfortably fits 15 guests and features its own lounge and tufted leather walls.

Address: 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-602-0835

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Whether you reserve the upstairs portion of BREWHALL for a special event or kick it with your crew at the communal tables downstairs, it’s always a party and a memorable time at this popular Olympic Village hangout.

Address: 97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-709-8623

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Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

Sitting at the corner of Thurlow and Robson Street, Joe Fortes is hard to miss with its brick facade and retro yellow cab parked out front. The beloved seafood restaurant has one of the biggest oyster bars in Vancouver, as well as a private mahogany-lined wine room. If you make your way up the staircase to the mezzanine, you will find their breathtaking rooftop garden, which has its own bar and cozy fireplace.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-1940

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CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver

The Craft Beer Market’s iconic red building is massive, and their selection of draft beer is equally impressive (and happens to be the largest in Canada). The space itself boasts gorgeous exposed trusses and beams, ample seating, and probably the biggest bar you will ever see.

Address: 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-709-2337

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Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

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It is always a party at Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar, so you can be certain it will be a memorable birthday if you choose to celebrate here. The Coal Harbour location has plenty of space for large groups and can even be bought-out for a night of oysters and drinks.

Address: #110, 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7634

Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-4448

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Homer St. Cafe and Bar

Homer St. Cafe and Bar is steeped in history and underwent a complete restoration in an effort to preserve its original windows and central staircase. Hidden behind the bar is the “cockpit,” a private space for 12. The wall is lined with paintings of roosters, a not-so-subtle nod at their succulent rotisserie chicken.

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-4299

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The Parlour

This Yaletown hot-spot has ample seating, including their large red booths for bigger squads. Go out for a night of fun at this club-style restaurant and indulge in their handcrafted thin-crust pizzas and fun fruity cocktails from their ever-changing drinks menu.

Address: 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3322

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Belgard Kitchen

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Located inside the Settlement Building is the rustic yet chic Belgard Kitchen. Its grand over-sized wooden doors open into a space with high ceilings and and divided by a wall of oak barrels. Belgard also happens to have a semi-private balcony (accommodates 30 guests) that overlooks the bar and kitchen.

Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-699-1989

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Many diners at L’Abbatoir are surprised to hear that the kitchen is located in an adjacent building across the red-bricked courtyard. That location also houses a massive private event space for 100 diners. If it’s a smaller, more intimate birthday dinner you’re after, request The Atrium, as it is a breathtaking glass-enclosed space overlooking Gaoler’s Mews.

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1701

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Just like its Belgium-inspired menu, Chambar’s interior is impeccable. The inviting space features original exposed brick, warm wood accents, ornate blown-glass light fixtures, and comfortable tufted brown banquettes. Purveyors are often surprised to learn that underneath the already spacious dining room is a private space for 80 guests, perfect for a big birthday extravaganza.

Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-7119

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Yaletown Brewing Company

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Yaletown Brewing takes birthdays seriously, so much so that they always have a confetti cannon on standby to shower birthday guests in a rainbow of paper specs. If it was not obvious already, YBC wants everyone’s time to be a blast, so you will find keg light fixtures, pool tables, a massive bar, and the biggest patio space in all of Yaletown.

Address: 1111 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-2739

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Cactus Club

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When it comes to food and service, Cactus Club Cafe is hard to beat, so it comes as no surprise that it is a popular place among Vancouverites. There are seven locations across the city, all with their own unique offerings. Our favourite has to be Coal Harbour, as it overlooks the float planes and gives an unobstructed view of the sunset.

Address: Coal Harbour 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7410

Address: 1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-2582

Address: 1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-3278

Address: 357 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-8070

Address: 1530 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-0434

Address: Bentall 5 588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-0933

Address: 575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-714-6000

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